Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Our Geoagiu Bai villa has all the benefits of a classical furbished estate, in a location that is hard to beat. This 5-bedrooms villa has all the space that a group of up to 12 persons may need for a relaxing vacation in the area where Roman settlers once lived.
The villa is only 3 minutes walking distance from the main public thermal baths in Geoagiu Bai. It is set in the middle of a beautiful natural setting, across the road from a public park where squirrels can often be sighted. When our guests are not out swimming at the public baths or enjoying a relaxing wellness and spa session, or hiking around the ancient fortresses that were built in this area before the Roman invasion in 106 AD, they can reap the benefits of our wonderful lodging space.
The facilities include: private bathrooms for each bedroom, large living room area, a generous wooden terrace that can serve as a dining space, a lounge space, hammocks and a barbeque area in the garden. With these facilities at hand, on some occasions, one may well choose to stay in, rather than go out.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (5), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
The Transylvania region
Romania’s ancient history was undoubtedly written in the southern part of Transylvania, on the mountainous region that separates it from the old Valachia, the southern part of the country. This is where almost 2000 years ago, the Roman Empire struggled to extend its reign by conquering the local tribes called dacice or Dacian. The Dacians are often reported by historians to have been unsophisticated barbarians, but proud and courageous fighters.
The clash between the Roman emperor Traian and the tribes led by the Dacian leader Decebal left an unforgettable mark on the region’s mythology and most Romanians think of themselves as descendants of these two civilizations. Traian built his famous column depicting the fights against the Dacians, and it still stands today, near the Roman Forum, in the center of Italy’s capital, Rome, as a sign of his victory and supremacy. While in Rome the signs of the Roman conquest of the area constitute one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world today, it takes a more inquiring attitude to visit the source of the events depicted there. If you want to see where it all took place, Transylvania, with its unique Hunedoara county, is a hidden gem worth discovering.
The pre-Roman strongholds’ ancient ruins can be visited by tourists, but they are not the only attraction that the region has to offer. Breathtaking mountain landscapes and natural parks are characteristic of the region, as are many medieval fortresses and places of worship such as churches dating back to the 13th century. Roman ancient public baths still exist in the area, one of the signs of the Roman colonization of the territory.
Geoagiu Bai is near all of the tourist attractions that the county has to offer and its’ underwater springs, known for their curative qualities, have turned it in an important tourist attraction. Geoagiu Bai stands above the ancient dacian citadel Germisara, later named Thermae Germisara by the romans. The translation of the name means ”hot spring”.
Tourists who enjoy swimming or who wish to treat themselves to the services of spas, such as the famous mud baths, will most likely be satisfied with what Geoagiu Bai has to offer. Add to that the natural beauties that the numerous nearby caves have on display, as well as the Clocota waterfall and the old places of worship, some dating back to the 16th century, and Geoagiu Bai becomes a highly attractive tourist destination. Also worth mentioning is the unique Romanesque chapel, built in the 11th century. In 2010, the European Commission felt it was time to include Geoagiu B?i among the European Destinations of Excellence, an important mark of status that the resort takes pride in.
13 km south of the resort, tourists can visit one of the oldest towns in Transylvania, built in the early 13th century: Orastie. It is a small town with a delightful central area, where parts of the medieval walls can still be admired. Also nearby, only 30 km west of Geoagiu Bai, lies the city of Deva, dominated by the imposing citadel placed at the top of the central hill. The fort walls are reachable either by climbing the 113 steps that lead to the top of the hill, followed by another climbing section, or by choosing the comfortable option to take one of the longest funicular rides in Europe.
40 km in the South-West, the city of Hunedoara is the host of one of the most beautiful castles in Transylvania, the Hunyad Castle, a Gothic masterpiece largely restored after being initially built by the Hungarian emperor Carol Robert de Anjou in the early 14th century. It is the place where Vlad Tepes, largely known as Dracula, was kept prisoner for a few years. The numerous towers, the large moat, the front bridge and the fountain dug by Turkish prisoners are the most notable elements of the edifice.
Also in the South, 55 km away are the town of Hateg and the village of Santamarie Orlea. The first is known for the fact that some of the last living wisents (a species of buffaloes) in Europe can be visited in a small natural reservation. The later is known for the beautiful Kendeffy castle and an architecturally unusual church from the 14th century. On the same route one can reach Densus, the place where another unusual church, built on the ruins of an ancient roman temple, using stone blocks from the ruins of the dacian fortress Ulpia Traiana Sarmisegetusa, is to be found. The church represents the most unusual combination of architectural styles, proving that it was once a pagan place of worship.
But the most important sights to be discovered in the area are the Unesco Heritage attractions that are the Dacian fortresses, built some time before the roman invasion of 106 AD. Scattered in the southern part of the county, they represent the most ancient proof of state organization in Romania. Costesti, Blidaru, Cetatuie and Piatra Rosie are the locations where dacian tribes used to live.
But most importantly, the ancient administrative capital of the province after it was taken over by the romans, Ulpia Traiana Sarmisegetusa, 70 km south of Geoagiu Bai, has been partially restored and represents an important attraction in the area, where the relics of an amphitheater, a gladiator barrack, several worship temples dedicated to Nemesis, Silvanus, Aesculap and Hygia, a glass workshop, a forum and a palace can be seen.
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